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Author Topic: Which distro do you use, and why?  (Read 607 times)

highpriest

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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2018, 04:28:13 PM »

I use Ubuntu on all my Linux machines. Used Red Hat Linux back in the day, then Fedora for desktop and CentOS for server things. Switched to Ubuntu 6 or 7 years ago and haven't looked back since. I run Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi boards.

You know you can now run Linux directly on Windows 10?

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-win10

There are some limitations, but it works well.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2018, 04:32:24 PM »

Yes I use it here at work, it's not too shabby.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2018, 06:54:19 PM »

It isn’t Linux - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/faq -  it’s just Bash plus an emulation later that gives apps a view of a Linux-like file system space and so forth. It’s still Windows underneath and in control of everything. Cygwin was/is a similar thing. Wine is I suspect the same thing in reverse.

Right from the beginning WinNT has had multiple ‘subsystems’ - there have been others in the past, some of which were withdrawn - there was the OS/2 subsystem and the ‘POSIX’ subsystem. They each gave different kinds of alternative API views to differing types of apps.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2018, 02:58:44 PM »

fedora core 28, ubuntu 18.04, raspbian etc.

To drift a bit off topic, I installed a recent version of android in a virtual machine,
(under ubuntu) just out of curiosity.  I was a little surprised to see
it uses something called "toybox", much as my routers and modems use
"busybox". The layout of the filesystem is pretty unfamiliar to me. 

The impression grows on me that, apart from desktops, the vast majority
of computers in the world run, at the bottom, a linux (or "unix-ish") kernel.

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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2018, 03:18:35 PM »

You would be absolutely right in stating that.

I manage a number of serial console servers (so we can remotely manage devices in our Data Centre racks across the globe) and they too are built on some Linux.

It's everywhere.

Except on desktops.

lol.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2018, 03:59:39 PM »

Just about every modem, router, smart TV, and most other types of domestic electronic devices run on Linux.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2018, 11:09:51 PM »

And not forgetting your Android phone  :cool:  So ok not quite, Google took the kernel and re-engineered it, but it's still Linux at heart.

I've been using Linux since Redhat 5.2....
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2018, 01:56:32 AM »

Just about every modem, router, smart TV, and most other types of domestic electronic devices run on Linux.

Many big commercial vendors actually prefer FreeBSD and not Linux for mainly licensing reasons, I've been told.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_products_based_on_FreeBSD

We use many of these at work - Junos, ONTAP (NetApp Filer), NetScaler, Blue Coat and so on. Someone told me that the Sky boxes run an OS based on FreeBSD. The older Sky+ HD ones anyway. Not sure about the new Sky Q platform.

Then there's the big two - macOS and iOS.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2018, 09:07:42 AM »

I moved away from Windows (Vista) in exasperation in 2008...to OpenSuse (Gnome) for 2 years, then to Linux Mint MATE until last year, Debian (MATE then XFCE) for a few months, then Xubuntu currently. Since moving to Xubuntu I've been totally content with it for all my computing needs. A few years ago I moved to using low-wattage, fanless/silent  mini-ITX kit and find Xubuntu best all-round for me, though I have tried Arch/Lubuntu/many others prior to settling with Xubuntu.
One of the apps that made the full move away from Windows practical was DSLstats - super stuff!
My wife initially used an Apple Mac, found it awkward, and now uses Lubuntu on a small laptop.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2018, 10:44:17 AM »

Then there's the big two - macOS and iOS.

And of course, watchOS and tvOS, which also appear in just a few home gadgets.   All of these can trace their ancestry back to BSD Unix, rather than Linux. 

Arguably, Linux also has Unix ancestry, though it is debatable whether Linux is a “real” Unix or merely a very successful clone.

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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2018, 02:56:07 PM »

Linux is an operating system kernel. It is not an operating system.  :-X
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2018, 03:28:12 PM »

I'd just like to interject for a moment.............
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2018, 06:07:32 PM »

Linux is an operating system kernel. It is not an operating system.  :-X

Hmm, I have been pondering this. :-\

Obviously, the “Linux Kernel” is a kernel.  And that kernel, as I understand, was primarily Mr Torvald’s excellent work, aimed at enabling construction and distribution of Unix-like clones based upon open source software.

But when we refer to the term “Linux” on its own, without mention the word “kernel”, are most people necessarily refering to the Linux Kernel, or perhaps to some unspecified but typical Unix-like OS distribution, based upon the Linux kernel?

I quite like the definition currently stated on wikipedia...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

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Linux is a family of free and open-source software operating systems built around the Linux kernel.
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Re: Which distro do you use, and why?
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2018, 06:48:24 PM »

The wiki page goes on to say

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The defining component of a Linux distribution is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel...
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